Project Management Principles, Methods, and Tools

Anyone in the library can have great ideas to improve services and experiences for users, but it takes a village to make change happen. Using project management, libraries can accomplish strategic goals and develop employees’ leadership skills. This webinar introduces best practices for project management in the library, including the idea pitch, stakeholders and resources, the charter, and points of communication toward successful completion.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe a project life cycle and skillfully map each stage in the cycle.
  • Compose a business case that accurately outlines the why, what, how, and who is necessary to determine if it is a worthwhile project.
  • Identify the resources needed for a project, including stakeholders, budget, team members and timelines.
  • Apply appropriate project management tools to projects at their institutions, using templates provided.

Who Should Attend: Library employees from any type of library, including those who already successfully use project management, those who wish to use it but aren't sure where to start, and those who have ideas to communicate to leadership.

Speakers:

Marlee Dorn Givens has been Librarian for Modern Languages and Library Learning Consultant at the Georgia Tech Library since 2017, liaison to the School of Psychology since 2018, and liaison to the School of Literature, Media and Communication since 2020. In this position she supports faculty and student teaching, learning and scholarship, provides classroom and online instruction, and facilitates learning for library employees. Marlee first came to Georgia Tech in 2010 to lead the IMLS-funded Galileo Knowledge Repository (GKR), a statewide institutional repository. Before joining Georgia Tech, Marlee managed the NEH-funded Preservation Services department at LYRASIS. A library professional since 1994, Marlee has an MLS from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in French from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in French from Washington University in St. Louis. She holds two certificates in learning design from the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

Liz Holdsworth is the Librarian for the STEM disciplines and digital learning objects at Georgia Tech. She earned an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Asheville. As the liaison to Mathematics, Physics, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering, she assists faculty and students in their research processes. Holdsworth creates digital content to facilitate access to library services. She represents the Georgia Tech Library in Affordable Learning Georgia. As a project manager, she oversees the development of programming for faculty.

Heather Jeffcoat is the Web and Discovery Management Librarian at the Georgia Tech Library. She earned a M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and a B.A. in Geography from the University of South Carolina. Heather has managed the Library's web presence since 1998 and has been representing technology in the Library’s Portfolio since 2017. As the Web and Discovery Management Librarian Heather is responsible for the strategy, management, design, information architecture and maintenance of all Library websites, including the Library’s discovery system, Primo. As the portfolio technology representative, she works with Library leadership, finance, IT, service owners and project managers to facilitate and support portfolio project execution of Library technologies.

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Tech Requirements:

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.

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